George Martin: 20 Great Non-Beatles Productions

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Gary Brooker, "No More Fear of Flying" (1979)

A decade after singing the timeless "A Whiter Shade of Pale" with Procol Harum, Gary Brooker went solo following their breakup. The first of his three solo albums, 1979's No More Fear of Flying, was produced by Martin, whose magic touch is evident from the opening title track and lead single. Stacked with saxophones and trombones recalling Martin's busy brass arrangement on "Good Morning Good Morning" by the Beatles, "No More Fear of Flying" builds a driving groove around Brooker's wistful voice and electric piano. A.S.

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